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Final Report Issued on "Securing Cyberspace for the 44th Presidency"

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency has released its final report, "Securing Cyberspace for the 44th Presidency." The Commission’s three major findings are:

  1. Cybersecurity is now one of the major national security problems facing the United States;
  2. Decisions and actions must respect American values related to privacy and civil liberties; and
  3. Only a comprehensive national security strategy that embraces both the domestic and international aspects of cybersecurity will improve the situation.

Recommendations include:

  • Create a comprehensive national security strategy for cyberspace
  • Lead from the White House
  • Reinvent the public-private partnership
  • Regulate cyberspace
  • Authenticate digital identities
  • Modernize authorities
  • Use acquisitions policy to improve security
  • Build capabilities
  • Do not start over

Among the more controversial recommendations is the call for government regulation. The report states:

Voluntary action is not enough. The United States must assess and prioritize risks and set minumum standards for securing cyberspace in order to ensure that the delivery of critical services in cyberspace continues if the United States is attacked. We advocate a new approach to regulation that avoids both prescriptive mandates, which could add unnecessary costs and stifle innovation, and overreliance on market forces, which are ill-equipped to meet national security and public safety requirements.

The report is the result of over a year of deliberation by the Commission established to "examine existing plans and strategies and to assess what a new administration should continue, what it should change, and what new policies it should adopt and what new authorities it should seek from Congress."